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July 31, 2007

Hostel: Part II

Film Two Stars
I don't know about you, but I actually enjoyed Hostel. Forget that unfair "Torture Porn" moniker, there was a lot to be had from the film. Sure there were scenes of terror and horror, as there are with any horror film, but there was also a gripping and fascinating idea...

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Schrader writing studio horror

In a horror story itself it appears that Paul Schrader is anonymously writing a horror film for a studio that is quite clearly not in his realm. In a career filled with battles to get his stories told he's taking a simple job from the studio and doing what they...

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Snipes versus Washington for Thelonious Monk film

Leon Ichaso has just directed El Cantante, a film about the Salsa singer Hector Lavoe starring Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, and now he's considering a biographical film on the life of Thelonious Monk, the famous Jazz musician and it appears that he has two very different actors in mind...

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Johansson says no to Jenna Jameson

Unfortunately it looks like Scarlet Johansson won't be playing the role of Jenna Jameson in the film version of her novel, How to Make Love Like A Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale, to be called Heartbreaker, despite the world famous Porn Star wanting her to. Previously Jenna Jameson talked up...

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Skinwalkers trailer in HD

The trailer for Skinwalkers has been on the site a number of times in various guises, but now the entire trailer is available in Quicktime high-definition for you to download and watch. Skinwalkers tells the story of two warring werewolf packs are fighting over a twelve year old boy who...

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Joker campaign continues

The Joker, from The Dark Knight, really has his people working hard on his campaign with the results of his search for new members of his crew and an advert dragged behind a plane for Comic-Con giving away a nice pre-recorded message from him. The site, WhySoSerious.com, which I wrote...

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Raimi talks Hobbit, Spider-Man 4 and 20,000 Leagues

Sam Raimi is a busy man, mainly in the production field right now, and there's a lot of conjecture about what his next big directing project will be. In a recent interview outside Comic-Con it seems that he might have a few options to choose from. 20,000 Leagues Under the...

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Miller says Weinstein's holding up Sin City 2

Sin City 2 has been delayed for some time, and whenever we hear mention of it we're always told that it is happening but then new projects come along and fill up their schedule, even the stars have no idea what is happening with it. At Comic-Con Frank Miller mentioned...

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Sweeny Todd poster

A poster has appeared online for Sweeny Todd, and it's looking good. It's dark, broody, and looks casually menacing. Looking at the character I am reminded of Helena Bonham Carter's character in Harry Potter! The Sweeny Todd film is going to be a musical based on the Broadway hit, and...

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Scott on for Blade Runner sequel

Some time ago Ridley Scott talked about a sequel to the stunning Blade Runner, and now, with the special DVD releases around the corner, he's talk about it again. Much more than that is he's asking for scripts. Over at Comic-Con he dropped the following comment about Blade Runner: "If...

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Iron Man shows Mandarin origin?

Jon Favreau has been talking about the villains of Iron Man, and he's revealed that Mandarin may not be one of the lead characters in the film, he's likely to be set up in his origins. As Favreau spoke about Iron Man he said that the big villain for Stark...

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Daryl Hannah in Shark Film

Daryl Hannah is joining John Schneider and Armand Assante in a Hallmark Channel original movie called Shark Swarm. Yes, it does sound that cheesy and I'm instantly wondering what happened to Hannah after her brilliant return in Kill Bill. According to Reuters through Yahoo News, the film will see the...

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Stalked: Franklin Snitch, Reynolds and Bullock Propose

Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds are in cheesy Disney romance together, and Carl Franklin will be directing the real life inspired Snitch. I remember reading about this film before, but again I can't actually find it. Carl Franklin is set to direct Snitch, a thriller that follows father whose son...

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Shinobi gets US remake

Shinobi is the latest Asian film to fall into the Hollywood remake pot, but this time around the Shinobi remake sounds like it has something extra to offer. Sinobi is the story of two ninja clans who are at the peak of their powers and are feared throughout the land,...

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Orlando Bloom in Angels & Demons?

There's a rumour online that Orlando Bloom is set to star in Angels & Demons, the sequel to The Da Vinci Code. Although there's no word of what role, he is rumoured to be in discussions and joining Tom Hanks and the also rumoured Gisele Bundchen. Gisele Bundchen has been...

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New Dark Knight set footage

I'm going to save you the pain of looking through this footage and cut to the chase. There are two clips online of behind the scenes activity for the filming of Dark Knight, and they are completely dull apart from a few seconds of stunt work. There are two clips...

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July 30, 2007

Hostel I and II released on DVD

There's more DVD release news today, although not on the same scale as the Close Encounters or Blade Runner Blu-ray releases. Hostel and Hostel: Part II are coming to DVD and the first film promises an unrated version with a new ending, while the second promises all the additional content...

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Raimi looking for Spider-Man 4 writer

It seems that Sam Raimi is going to be involved in Spider-Man 4 in some way as he announces at Comic-Con that he does want to contribute to the film and that they are looking for a new writer. "I don't know if I'll just be a producer on it...

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Sex and the City film stopped?

We all thought that the Sex and the City film was on after all the stars were announced as back, there was a Director and a completed script, and that the film was beginning in September. However there could be some bad news as a story claims that the film...

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Hatchet trailer online

As usual anyone outside the U.S. can't see this trailer for Hatchet because the people hosting it have decided to restrict it for no good reason. However I've seen a trailer before for this film and it looks rather interesting. Hatchet is a horror that goes back to old school...

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Stalked: Depp, Knightley, Diaz, van Houten

Johnny Depp is Hunter S. Thompson in The Rum Diary, Keira Knightley is playing a British Duchess bathed in controversy (but not Princess Diana), Cameron Diaz will play a mother sued by her daughter for creating her merely as a donor, and Carice van Houten joins the excellent cast of...

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Death Race casting announcement

Over at Comic-Con they've announced some new casting for the Death Race 2000 remake from Paul W.S. Anderson Death Race, and one of the names is very surprising. We already know that Jason Statham is on board for the film, well now both Joan Allen and Tyrese Gibson have been...

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Underworld 3 gains Director

Patrick Tatopoulos is set to be the Director of Underworld 3, the third and prequel of the franchise, taking over from Director Len Wiseman. There's still no word on if Kate Beckinsale will return, and although the rumours are suggesting she won't because it's a prequel, I don't agree. If...

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Neil Gaiman talks Death: The High Cost of Living

Neil Gaiman has been talking about Death: The High Cost of Living and has revealed that he's close to starting his directorial debut on the adaptation. Death: The High Cost of Living follows a character much like that of Death who takes the human form of a young woman and...

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Paris Hilton in Repo horror opera

In a move that is obviously capitalising on the press surrounding Paris Hilton's recent collisions with the law, Darren Lynn Bousman has picked her up for his horror opera, Repo! The Genetic Opera. The film is a horror and an opera packed with musical numbers. Set in 2056 it is...

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Stalked: Cloverfield and Indiana Jones IV posters

There are some new shots of Cloverfield and Indiana Jones IV posters online. There are a few new Cloverfield posters online, all showing the same image of a smoking New York with a headless Statue of Liberty in the foreground, but the different is that they each carry a different...

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Iron Man teaser trailer looks stunning

There's a teaser out for Iron Man, and I have to say it looks superb, even in the darkness and poor audio of the Comic-Con room, and you can see it right here. You can see some of the comedy that's going to be in the film (I say see...

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30 Days of Night gory red band trailer

There's a nice R-rated trailer out for 30 Days of Night which not only shows us some violence and gore, but also reveals a lot more of the story. Not only that but tagged on the end is a complete grizzly scene for the film. Even the extended scene is...

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Jolie naked in unrated Beowulf trailer

Coming hot on the heels of the previous Beowulf trailer from Robert Zemeckis' motion capture film comes another, unrated trailer. Unrated for the rather revealing shots of Angelina Jolie. The first, and most obvious moment of unrated-ness is seeing some of the flesh of the rather sexy creature played by...

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First look of The Incredible Hulk

There's not really much to this Incredible Hulk footage from Comic-Con, and in fact what it really comprises is a dark still of the CGI generated face. For some reason that grabbed a lot of applause from the audience when it just looks like the previous one with a bit...

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July 29, 2007

Marshall talks Doomsday and Eagle's Nest

Neil Marshall is a cracking Director, and over at Comic-Con he's been talking about his latest film Doomsday. Not only that but the official website has gone live and there's a very interesting look at behind the scenes on the film including photos, props, plot reveals, and storyboard art. Doomsday...

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Roth delays Cell

Eli Roth has said that he's holding off on Stephen King's Cell for the moment as he is hitting Trailer Trash first, that's the film he's creating entirely made of fictional trailers. Now if we consider what happened with Hostel: Part II, how it didn't do so well in the...

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Marshall on The De2cent

Surprisingly, with such a ridiculous title and no real need for a sequel, Neil Marshall has said that he will be connected to the sequel to his excellent The Descent (Filmstalker review). Again from Comic-Con, Neil Marshall revealed that he would be taking a role as a Producer. Now usually...

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Rogen reveals more on The Green Hornet

At Comic-Con Seth Rogen was talking about The Green Hornet, and while we already heard that it wasn't going to be a comedy, the full discussion reveals a lot more. According to the interview it looks like the original plan is to be very faithful to the original show. SuperheroHype...

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Straczynski talks Silver Surfer film

J. Michael Straczynski has been talking about his writing the Silver Surfer film, and he says that the film featuring Silver Surfer will reveal the origins and creation of the Surfer as we saw him in the Fantastic Four film. “It picks up right where the FF movie left off...

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New Resident Evil: Extinction trailer in HD

I've just been surprised by the new trailer for Resident Evil: Extinction, it looks spectacular. Now bear in mind that we all realise that trailers can make the weakest of films look good, but the high definition trailer for this new episode in the Resident Evil franchise does look good....

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Whedon writes the final horror film

At Comic-Con Joss Whedon has been talking about his new horror film saying that he's written the horror film to end all horror films. “The horror movie to end all horror movies... literally.” Those are his words from Comic-Con through IGN. The film is called Cabin in the Woods and...

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Blade Runner: The Final Cut clips online

There are some new clips for Blade Runner: The Final Cut online, and one callled the Dangerous Days trailer, a look at the documentary about Blade Runner called Dangerous Days. You can read all about the huge DVD releases for Blade Runner: The Final Cut in this previous article. The...

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July 28, 2007

Walking Tall

DVD Three Stars
I am a fan of action films, and in particular of larger than life actors in these roles. For instance I am a huge Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis fan, there’s something about these huge characters that sits so well with films like Walking Tall. For The Rock,...

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The Crimson Rivers (Les Rivières pourpres)

DVD Four Stars
Crimson Rivers, or Les Rivières pourpres, attracted me for two reasons, one was Jean Reno and the other was Vincent Cassell. Although I knew of Cassell at the time I really didn't know of his acting ability, that came later with a viewing of Irreversible. The chance of seeing these...

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The Dark Knight teaser online in HD

After finding out about the new Dark Knight site for the Joker, and then seeing the teaser that was captured from Comic-Con, the official teaser has been released on the Joker's new website, and once again it reveals less than nothing. There are options to download this in HD, and...

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Watchmen details revealed, Gerard Butler cast

The Watchmen poster is revealed and Zack Snyder has been talking about the much anticipated adaptation of perhaps the best comic book in the world. Over at Comic-Con he showcased the artwork, which looks as if it's directly from the graphic novel itself, and also talked about the film, as...

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The Birds remake script reviewed

There's news of that awful The Birds remake that appears to be still ongoing, and it doesn't sound good. Not just news though, but a complete script review, and while the changes might sound horrendous, the script review isn't all bad. Apparently we'll be seeing the location moved to Texas...

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Shatner back in Star Trek?

According to one story, William Shatner will be getting a Star Trek role, although there's nothing further to back up the claim. The story claims that J.J. Abrams said William Shatner would likely have a part in the film, despite rumours, and William Shatner's words live on air, that have...

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The Golden Compass five minute trailer

There's an extended trailer online for His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, now just The Golden Compass online, and by extended I mean a good five minutes, and it's packed with special effects. Althogether the trailer tells a great story and brings us straight into the adventure. This isn't the...

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Kelly reveals Southland Tales editing

Richard Kelly has been talking about Southland Tales, yes that film that hasn't seen the light of day since the terrible Cannes screening. He's revealed just how much work has been done to the film since then, and it sounds a hell of a lot. Not only has there...

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Indiana Jones stars video and Hurt stays quiet

John Hurt is refusing to reveal who he is playing in Indiana Jones IV, so the speculation continues. In a recent interview he said... “Well, I'm not allowed to tell you about my character - it's under tight control for good reason. It's not meant to be 'boo to you...

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The Green Hornet won't be a comedy

Seth Rogen has been talking about Green Hornet and what his plans are for the film. When the announcement was first made I immediately thought that this would become a comedy in the vein of Rogen's previous films, The 40 Year Old Green Hornet. However he's been addressing that thought...

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Singleton on Black Panther and Luke Cage?

John Singleton has revealed that he's being offered the Black Panther film, and that this will compete for his time on a Luke Cage film, should that start moving further forward than it has to date. For some time there's been talk of whether or not a Luke Cage film...

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Kate Beckinsale as Catwoman?

Now there's a warning with this story that Kate Beckinsale is keen to play Catwoman in the next Batman film, and that's the fact that we don't know how the question arose at Comic-Con. My first bet is that she was asked the question directly, responded to it, and then...

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Megan Fox wants Hack/Slash

Megan Fox is being rumoured to play the lead of Hack/Slash, Cassandra "Cassie" Hack, the character who travels around killing killers. The story begins with Cassie being the picked on kid at school, her mother is the lunch lady there and one day loses her grip on reality and heads...

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July 27, 2007

Blade Runner: The Final Cut DVD details

The details for the Blade Runner: The Final Cut DVD are out, and they are looking quite amazing. This release marks the release that Ridley Scott really did want to make since day one, it seems that even his Director's Cut didn't end up the way he wanted it to,...

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Them (Ils) poster, release details

I don't usually write about posters, but today there have been a few biggies. Cloverfield, Star Trek, and now Ils, or for those who don't speak French, Them (Filmstalker review). The poster isn't anything tremendously exciting, but it does go with the typical trend of U.S. posters for foreign films...

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Stalked: Doomsday poster and War clip online

Neil Marshall's Doomsday has two posters, one with a sexy Rhona Mitra on the front. Meanwhile there's a clip for the Jason Statham and Jet Li action film appeared online, and there's no sign of Statham. The first poster for Doomsday with looks pretty good and suggests plenty of hot...

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Stalked: Site updates Dark Knight and Iron Man

There are two site updates for major comic book films, who'd have guessed with Comic-Con on the go right now? The Dark Knight seems to have a new site on the go for the Joker's recruitment plan. Now this may be for actual casting and is just a clever film...

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Stalked: Sarandon on Bones, Sorvino on Repo, Sanchez on Happening

Some casting updates for The Happening, Repo! The Genetic Opera, and Lovely Bones. Ashlyn Sanchez has signed to M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening joining Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel according to Variety through Bloody Disgusting. I'm really looking forward to this R-rated horror from Shyamalan. Variety have the news that...

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The Dark Knight teaser online

There's a teaser online for The Dark Knight captured from Comic-Con on a hand held device. So while it isn't the best quality, it is still online right now. That said, it's rubbish. Frankly I think the time could have been better spent on the film and not producing a...

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Cloverfield or Monstrous? Poster revealed

For now I'm going to keep calling the new J.J. Abrams monster film Cloverfield as he reveals that the suggested title of Monstrous is not going to be the final title, and likewise either is 1-18-08. Well, they could be, but as yet they are undecided. He also revealed the...

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Star Trek poster and Spocks confirmed

The rumours are confirmed. Leonard Nimoy is to star in the new Star Trek as the old Spock, and the young Spock will be played by Zachary Quinto. When Leonard Nimoy was asked about the casting of Zachary Quinto he said that “it was logical”. You have to laugh. Still,...

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Karen Allen in Indiana Jones IV set photos

A quick piece of casting news that really does deserve to have a single slot, and that's the news from Comic-Con that Karen Allen is set to star in the new Indiana Jones film, the fourth and final film that will feature Indiana Jones as we know him. Karen Allen...

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Depp takes on gothic sixties soap

Johnny Depp has signed on to produce a new film, news in itself as every time he's involved in a film there's something special to be had, well almost always. This latest film is based on the 1960's TV soap called Dark Shadows. A daytime soap from the sixties I...

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July 26, 2007

Terminator 4 without Arnie or John Connor

While discussing the possibility of Robert Patrick reprising his role as T-1000 in the Terminator TV series, the Producer James Middleton revealed that the film Terminator 4 is really going to break from the Terminator franchise. According to the Producer the new film is not only going to drop the...

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All Close Encounters of the Third Kind on Blu-ray

There are a couple of very interesting news items on DVD releases today. One is for Steven Spielberg's classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which for the first time ever is going to feature all three versions of the film, and it will be released on Blu-ray. Those versions...

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Stalked: Beowulf trailer and Izzard replaces Piven in Igor

There's a trailer online for the new Beowulf film from Robert Zemeckis, that's the one that features the motion capture style from Polar Express, but in all honesty it looks ramped up like nothing before. In fact I'd go so far to say that it almost looks real. You can...

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Indiana Jones IV returns to the Ark?

Now I wrote about the Indiana Jones IV photo the other day, where I thought that it was strange that the Ark of Covenant was being used in a display for the new film, now someone else has picked up on the idea and has some new shots of the...

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We Knew: Guy Ritchie's Gamekeeper

Sometimes I wonder what people are reading. 15th May of this year, the Filmstalker headline "Guy Ritchie turns to comic books". It tells the story of how he is developing new film projects through comic books with Virgin, and the first of those is Gamekeeper. You can see the comic...

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Watchmen casts heroes

The Watchmen finally receives an official casting, and it's a little further from that A-list we first got excited about, however it is still an interesting list. Jackie Earle Haley is Rorschach, the costumed hero who ignores the Government ban and keeps operating, trying to uncover a conspiracy he thinks...

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Stalked: Vietnam Rebel released and Saw IV posters

The Saw IV poster is official, and the U.S. one is less dramatic, meanwhile the Weinsteins continue to buy foreign as the biggest Vietnam film ever gets bought for international release. The Weinstein company have purchased the rights to the biggest Vietnamese film of all time by Charlie Nguyen, Dong...

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Stalked: Lotus Caves and Mental in development

Rpin Suwannath is set to direct an adaptation of John Christopher novel The Lotus Caves. It's a science fiction film that has humans living on the moon in large airtight bubbles. Two teenagers break out and and embark on a quest to find some legendary caves. The story comes from...

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Babysitter Twins say Grindhouse 2 is on

Electra and Elise Avellan are the nieces of Robert Rodriguez, also known as The Babysitter Twins from Grindhouse, and they've been talking about the ideas for Grindhouse 2, and in particular the Machete film. Now let's not kid around here, we know that actors and filmmakers will often use the...

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Watts, Fiennes and Townsend reps deny Potter casting

You'll remember just the other day the rumour that Naomi Watts and Joseph Fiennes were signing up to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, as well as Stuart Townsend. Well today their official representatives all denied this was true, and in fact clearly said that these rumours were untrue. Well...

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Hero Grunberg in Cloverfield

Greg Grunberg is J.J. Abrams good luck charm, according to him that is. That's not surprising since he's appearing in just about everything he makes. Now he seems set to step from his current show Heroes into Abrams new monster film 1-18-08, Cloverfield or Monstrous, if you prefer. According to...

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July 25, 2007

Indiana Jones IV revealing spy shot

There's a snapshot taken from Comic Con of an Indiana Jones IV display, and the model might reveal a few connections for the film. In the picture, which shows what might just be the Hasbro booth, there's a minature from the Indiana Jones IV production. It shows something like an...

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Saw IV poster?

There's an early piece of poster art that's appeared online for Saw IV, and while it might well be fan art, it does follow the ideas of the Saw posters very well. Personally I think it is fan art as the poster is far too specific compared to the others...

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Simpsons Movie clips galore

I've got a whole heap of clips for the Simpsons Movie, with copies on YouTube, and higher quality streaming quality clips in both Quicktime and Windows Media Player. Did you hear about the Homer that was built alongside the Cerne Abbas chalk image of the giant man in England? In...

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Cameron's Avatar and NBC's Heroes as videogames

James Cameron's Avatar is going to be released as a film and videogame at the same time, does that mean videogame fans can say Hollywood produces rubbish films if the videogame doesn't turn out well? The rights have been given to Ubisoft, perhaps one of the best videogame companies for...

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Schumacher remakes Johnny To's Breaking News?

Joel Schumacher is in talks to remake the Hong Kong film Daai si gin (Breaking News) which was originally directed by Johnny To. The story sees a breaking news team that broadcasts the embarrassing defeat of a Police team by five bank robbers live on air, after which the reputation...

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Bourne Ultimatum clips show shaky suspense

There are seven new clips for The Bourne Ultimatum online, and they reinforce two things about the sequel that put me at odds about the whole series. Shaky cam versus a suspenseful and tense story. You can see the clips over at Rope of Silicon [Flash:Embed]. The First three clips...

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Stalked: Southland Tales release and Sahara trial

Richard Kelly's Southland Tales finally gets a release date in U.S. and possibly Germany while Clive Cussler's court case against the Sahara studio drags on till September. Southland Tales is finally set to get a release. Samuel Goldwyn Films will release the film to U.S. audiences on November the 9th...

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July 24, 2007

Alex Proyas to direct Silver Surfer film?

Since Alex Proyas didn't get the chance to direct Bond 22, it seems like he might be in the running for the stand alone film for the Silver Surfer. There's no real source given for the speculation, so bear in mind that this might be a complete rumour made up...

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Watts and both Fiennes in Half-Blood Prince

Naomi Watts is reportedly joining the sixth film in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as Draco Malfoy's mother, Narcissa Malfoy. I'm not sure about the entire cast, but Naomi Watts is definitely not British and most of the Harry Potter cast are to date. In...

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Stalked: Alone in the Dark and The Descent sequels

A bit of sequel madness now as we hear from the sequels for The Descent and Alone in the Dark. The Descent (Filmstalker review) sequel is apparently titled The De2cent. Yes, that's pretty much what I thought, at least it's setting our sights low so perhaps there's only one way...

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Cashback trailer intrigues

Now, against The Darjeeling Limited trailer, the trailer for Cashback looks much more interesting. The British film is from Writer and Director Sean Ellis and stars Sean Biggerstaff (no giggling), Emilia Fox and the hugely upcoming Michelle Ryan. Art student Ben Willis, played by Sean Biggerstaff, is dumped by his...

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The Darjeeling Limited trailer doesn't excite

The trailer for The Darjeeling Limited is online, and I'm none the wiser. I'm also a bit lost by all the excitement about this film. Sure, it's from Wes Anderson and it stars Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Angelica Huston and Natalie Portman, some very good reasons to see it, but...

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Wilson is Watchmen's Nite Owl

The cast is gathering for the Watchmen as we now have two very strong hints that Patrick Wilson is indeed the Nite Owl in Zack Snyder's film version of the comic book. During an interview with reporters about his latest film Lakeview Terrace he said the following: "I'm not a...

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Julia Stiles talks The Bell Jar

Julia Stiles is turning from the Bourne franchise she's been starring in to turn to something a little more literate, something a little more intellectual. She's starring in The Bell Jar, the novel from the author and poet, Sylvia Plath. We already heard about the news and the new film,...

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Young Spock is found for Star Trek

There have been a few rumours on the real casting for J.J. Abram's Star Trek of late, not the big name cast we heard from before, and these have been quietly bubbling away, until now. It seems that Spock may just have been cast, and I don't mean Leonard Nimoy,...

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Trick 'r Treat trailer

Trick 'r Treat, the horror film with the big cast from Michael Dougherty and Producer Bryan Singer, has a trailer online and it looks rather good. Trick 'r Treat features four connected stories that all take place on the night of Halloween. From IMDB: "An everyday high school principal has...

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The Kingdom review online

The Kingdom has received a good and very early review online. It seems that the film is a balanced and very real look at terrorism as well as providing strong and believable characters for Americans and Arabs alike. If you can read through some of the shock tactics of the...

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Rickman versus Grant in Wine films

Recently we heard that Alan Rickman was joining a film that would look at the birth of the Californian Napa valley wine industry, now there's news that a rival film may be in the works and that Hugh Grant may be picking up the same role as Rickman. We heard...

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Swank and Jackson in Iron Man

According to an interview with Avi Arad both Hilary Swank and Samuel L. Jackson are set to appear in the Iron Man film. Since we already heard that Jackson is appearing to kick start a film with him as a comic book hero, the question raises itself, is Swank set...

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Cloverfield title and poster revealed?

There are a couple of small additions to the Cloverfield mystery today, and it's unsure if they are real or not. One is a shaky video of some street scenes of people running and Army trucks, the other is a supposed teaser poster of the film with a new title,...

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Y: The Last Man gains D.J. Caruso

D.J. Caruso is set to direct Y: The Last Man with Carl Ellsworth writing the screenplay adaptation. This teams the writer and director together again after their recent release Disturbia. Pia Guerra and Brian K. Vaughn created the Y: The Last Man story about a strange plague that kills almost...

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Get Smart teaser funny?

Get Smart has a teaser out in Quicktime HD. It is very short, and it features only a couple of gags, but it also has a walk on scene for The Rock and Alan Arkin with a running scene for Anne Hathaway. The teaser is very light, and although the...

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Spawn 2 will not show Spawn

The next Spawn film, which Todd McFarlane is planning to write, produce, direct and independently finance, is not going to feature Spawn. Well, not that much anyway. According to McFarlane himself he's looking to concentrate on other aspects of the story, and when Spawn doesn't appear it won't be like...

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July 23, 2007

Guttenberg joins Simpson in Private Benjamin remake

Vivica A. Fox and Steve Guttenberg are set to join a comedy called Major Movie Star alongside the talents of Jessica Simpson. Jessica Simpson will play the title character, the movie star who enslists in the U.S. Army Reserve after discovering her boyfriend is gay and her accountant and cousin...

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More bad Bean in Cache

Oh the wasted talents of Sean Bean, an excellent actor so criminally underused, and the word on his latest film seems to suggest more of the same. The Cache is a revenge thriller where a man brings a couple of kids into his unlawful operations. The blurb is all too...

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New casting for Watchmen, Ozymandias isn't Law

There's another casting rumour for Watchmen, this time for Ozymandias, the role previously rumoured to be filled by Jude Law, and before him Zack Snyder said he had been talking with Tom Cruise for the role. Now, in keeping with the other announcements, a smaller name has been announced, Matthew...

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Rwanda director with Cruise and Wimmer?

Terry George, who directed Hotel Rwanda (Filmstalker review) and the upcoming Reservation Road, is in talks to direct a CIA film entitled Edwin A. Salt which the studio hopes Tom Cruise will lead. The script is written by Kurt Wimmer and tells the story of a CIA officer who finds...

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Tucci joins Jackson's Lovely Bones

The excellent Stanley Tucci is said to be in negotiations for the role of the killer in the Peter Jackson directed film The Lovely Bones. Stanely Tucci is a stunningly great actor, probably most noted for his not so heroic characters, and there's no doubting that he does make an...

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Jackie Chan as Chinese immigrant in Tokyo

Jackie Chan is to produce and star in a drama called The Shinjuku Incident directed by Derek Yee Tung-sing. The film will be set in the nineties and look at the lives of Chinese immigrants in Tokyo. The rest of the plot is being kept quiet for now. Derek Yee...

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Nanking documentary opens in Nanjing

The western documentary Nanking, based on the book The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), has been creating quite a positive stir in Nanjing, the city formerly known as Nanking. The documentary looks at the events during World War II which saw the mass murder of people...

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How to Change in Nine Weeks gains distribution

Reliant Pictures have purchased the overseas rights to the film How to Change in Nine Weeks, the Guy Pearce, Sam Neill and Mirando Otto led film about the true story of Rachel Barber, a fifteen year old girl who went missing and was later found to have been murdered by...

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Escape to Witch Mountain remake

Walt Disney are remaking (re-imagining) their 1975 film Escape to Witch Mountain. Entitled simply Witch Mountain, it will be directed by Andy Fickman, currently completing Fame, and written by Matt Lopez. The original Escape to Witch Mountain was based on a science fiction novel by Alexander Key that told the...

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July 22, 2007

Watchmen casts Rorschach and Jupiter?

Two rumours of casting for Zack Snyder's Watchmen today. One is for Rorschach and the other is Sally Jupiter. Apparently both are now officially cast and we're likely to hear the announcements soon. Rorschach is Jackie Earle Haley, a rumour we heard sometime ago, and Malin Akerman is Laurie Juspeczyk...

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Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd together again

According to a couple of separate rumours, both Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox are set to start together, but unfortunately not in a Back to the Future film. Instead it will be Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol. Apparently the roles were written for these two actors, and they have...

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Punisher decided for sequel

We heard Thomas Jane was off Punisher 2 some time ago, and in fact it sounded as though he left because he wasn't happy with the way the film was going. Now the rumour is that Ray Stevenson from the series Rome is joining as the Punisher. There's even a...

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Updated: Paula Abdul fired from Bratz

Hollywood gossip aside, Paula Abdul has been talking about her role on the film Bratz, and how she's just lost it. Previously she was set to be the choreographer, clothes designer, and executive producer, but she's been fired from all roles. Not just fired though, she was fired by email...

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Pink Panther 2 casting

The remake of The Pink Panther is a travesty, and making a sequel to it is even worse, haven't they realised that they are flogging a dead horse and that Steve Martin is continuing to ruin his career? Peter Sellers must be turning in his grave. Anyway, news is out...

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July 21, 2007

Wanted script reviewed

There's a script review appeared online for Wanted, the film of Mark Millar's excellent comic book, and it confirms the fears I've been having about the huge plot changes. Previously, on Filmstalker, I wrote about the Wanted plot changes which dramatically alter the story, and this script review doesn't do...

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The Echo remake gains original cast

There has been another name announced for the remake of Yam Laranas' Sigaw as the Hollywood film The Echo, once again directed by Laranas. We've already heard that Jesse Bradford and Amelia Warner have joined the film, now news comes through that Iza Calzado, who starred in the original, will...

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Damon talks Kirk role in Star Trek

A major piece of news for all you Star Trek fans hoping that the previously rumoured J.J. Abrams cast for the Star Trek prequel film was true. Matt Damon has just announced that he knew nothing of it, that it was just an internet rumour (as if they are any...

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Green Hornet's Kato chosen?

Although Seth Rogen hasn't been announced as on the Green Hornet project for that long, he's already making decisions about who should play certain roles, and he's decided about his sidekick Kato. According to the LA Times through Coming Soon, Seth Rogen wants Stephen Chow to play the character. Although...

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Pulse sequels gain Writer\Director

Who would have thought that Hollywood would make Asian horror remake sequels? That's sarcasm by the way, as Pulse 2 and 3 are announced and will be filming back to back. We knew the rumour was out there about two Pulse sequels, and now it's confirmed with the plot synopsis...

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Pakistani zombie horror trailer

A Pakistan Director has decided to turn against the traditional Lollywood film scene and create a horror film in the style of the American horrors he grew up loving. Zibahkhana (Hell's Ground) is an English language horror film featuring cannibals, psychotic killers and zombies, all in a Pakistani setting. The...

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Wings of Defeat tells of surviving Kamikaze pilots

It seems that the idea of Kamikaze pilots is becoming a hot topic in Japanese cinema at the moment, as a new documentary is released that looks into the men who were destined to die for their country, and it reveals some fascinating insights. There's already a dramatic film...

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Stalked: Iron Man photo and Dushku, Rickman serves wine

Robert Downey Jr. has been photographed testing out the Iron Man armour on set, and Elisha Dushku is joining Bill Pullman and Alan Rickman in Bottle Shock. There's a cool photo of Robert Downey Jr. testing out his Iron Man armour online, and it looks pretty good, and that's without...

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Stalked: New Cloverfield photo, Shazam! gets writer

People are getting over excited about the Cloverfield official site as another photo appears online. Also Shazam! gets a screenwriter. The latest Cloverfield photograph shows some blurred figures running away from something that you can’t see. One soldier stands between the two figures of running civilians. That’s it, and yet...

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July 20, 2007

Win The Flying Scotsman unique signed poster

I have a very special one off competition prize for any one of the UK Filmstalker readers out there, a full size, New Zealand promotional poster for the film The Flying Scotsman, signed by the Director Douglas Mackinnon. The Flying Scotsman (Filmstalker review) is the story of Graeme Obree, a...

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Win Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest on Blu-ray

Here is the next in the line of Blu-ray competitions, and following on from the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl competition, we have the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest competition. You can win this excellent high definition DVD. The Blu-ray package contains two...

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The best Scottish Films?

I've just had a great holiday up in the Highlands of Scotland, admiring the wonderful scenery, eating great local food, and drinking some of the best whiskies in the world. So rather than return to a serious feature I thought it would be fun to find out how many Scottish...

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Tsotsi Director on Wolverine

Gavin Hood has been signed as the Director for the Wolverine X-Men spin off, starring Hugh Jackman as the manicure needy mutant. Of all the Directors who I thought could have been assigned to the film I didn't think it would be Gavin Hood, the Director of the excellent Tsotsi...

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Wahlberg in Saw IV and Righteous Kill

Donnie Wahlberg has two upcoming film roles at either end of the acting spectrum. Not only has it just been revealed that he's to appear in Saw IV, but he's also set to star in the Al Pacino and Robert De Niro film, Righteous Kill. Now beware, there are spoilers...

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Christophe Gans off Silent Hill 2?

Although it isn't confirmed, it looks like Christophe Gans may well be off Silent Hill 2 too. Yesterday I wrote about Roger Avary saying no to Silent Hill 2, and then holding back saying that he would come back if Christophe Gans was directing. However it looks like Roger Avary...

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J.K. Rowling upset at Deathly Hallows ending leak

J.K. Rowling is far from happy with the recent Internet spoilers of her latest Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Shadows. With the book due out tomorrow, a photographed copy has been available on torrent sites for download for a few days now. According to Rowling herself, she...

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El habitante incierto (The Uncertain Guest) gets remade

I saw El habitante incierto (The Uncertain Guest) (Filmstalker review) last year and it was a story that had a great premise and an exciting climax, but there were issues with it, particularly the ending. Now it seems that the film is heading for a remake, but not from Hollywood....

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Ridley Scott's Vampire Passage

The vampire genre is definitely not dead as news comes out that Ridley Scott's production company, Scott Free, together with Fox 2000 have bought the rights to a new vampire novel trilogy from writer Jordan Ainsley. The Passage is the first novel in the series and has yet to be...

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Wild Geese remake?

It appears that one of the classic war films The Wild Geese is getting a remake, and although there isn't much information as yet, the whole idea fills me with dread. I loved war films from around this time, they invariably were overly macho and filled with stirring and manly...

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They Live the TV series?

John Carpenter seems to be lining up a few remakes more, and the latest could well be destined for the small screen, not the cinema. They Live is a classic film about aliens taking over humanity, and one man fighting back. That one man happened to be the wrestler "Rowdy"...

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The Green Hornet begins again?

The Green Hornet is a film project that has been going on and on for some time now. Various stars have been attached, and the latest name is Seth Rogen of Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin fame. Rogen is working on a deal to write, direct and quite possibly...

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Bourne Ultimatum details

The Bourne Ultimatum will see Matt Damon on his last outing as the highly trained killer Jason Bourne. This time he's not only remembering his entire past, but he's also coming home and getting to the root of the issue by finding the person who helped "create" him. Paul Greengrass...

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Stalked: Melissa George and Lindsay Lohan

Melissa George is signing up for another psychological type horror-thriller, with whatever other genre descriptions you can throw in there, and there are some behind the scenes clips for I Know Who Killed Me which show Lindsay Lohan behaving very well on set. Clint at Moviehole has some great news...

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Stalked: Zodiac Director's Cut and Tekken casting call

There's a new Zodiac DVD coming out on release and a casting call for Tekken is online. Zodiac is to receive a special Director's Cut in what seems like a rather short space of time. The good news is that this one will feature an excellent audio commentary with David...

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Site downtime - Filmstalker's back

Apologies, the site was down from 23:00 GMT/UTC last night and I wasn't receiving any alerts to tell me otherwise. I've been frantically trying to get the support teams to up the bandwidth since early this morning and they've just managed to get the site live. Hope too many of...

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July 19, 2007

A new Dungeon Siege trailer - Uwe Boll looking good?

You know, as much as I dislike Uwe Boll's films, and in particular his latest batch of rather ill advised and inappropriate clips and snippets from Postal, I have to give him credit for continually trying and moving forward. Once again he releases a new trailer for In the Name...

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Terminator 4 hit by lawsuits

I'm hopeful that Terminator 4 will not be made, and news out today suggests that there are a few problems that just might hold it back from production. The current holders of the rights of the Terminator franchise have taken legal action against MGM who are claiming that they have...

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No Director for Logan's Run

The news was out a while ago that the remake of Logan's Run wasn't going to be made with Bryan Singer, and it seems that the film is no further forward as Joel Silver says that Singer has not been replaced. I'm hugely sceptical of a remake of such a...

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Real life tale Nothing but the Truth talks big cast

Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Alan Alda, Vera Farmiga and Edie Falco are all in talks to appear in Rod Lurie's Nothing but the Truth, the film based on the true life events of a reporter who reveals an unknown CIA operative to the world and goes to prison for not...

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Stalked: Liotta in Powder Blue and Lohan's Killed Me clips

Ray Liotta has joined the strong cast of Powder Blue, and there are some new clips online for Lyndsay Lohan's I Know Who Killed Me. Ray Liotta is joining Forest Whitaker and Jessica Biel in a film called Powder Blue written and directed by Timothy Linh Bui. The film looks...

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Cruise as German Officer in Valkyrie

The first picture of Tom Cruise as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg in Valkyrie has arrived, and it's looking rather imposing, and I mean that in a good way. Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is one of the German officers who took part in a plot to try and kill Hitler during...

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Avary off Silent Hill 2, Gans on?

In an interview the other day Roger Avary let out that he won't be involved in Silent Hill 2...unless Christophe Gans is involved in the film. I think that's a shame. Roger Avary is a great writer, and although his work doesn't always make it to the big screen in...

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Iraq documentary No End in Sight trailer online

No End in Sight does look like a very biased, one way look at America's behind the scenes involvement in the Iraqi War, but at the same time it seems powerful and suggests that it might be very insightful, and the trailer is online for you to watch now. The...

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In The Valley of the Elah trailer online

The trailer for In The Valley of the Elah is online now. Written and directed by Paul Haggis and tells the story of a soldier who returns from Iraq only to go missing upon his arrival home. He is found murdered and an investigation begins to find out what happened....

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July 18, 2007

Branagh's Hamlet gets DVD release

Finally, it's happened, and it's almost too late. Kenneth Branagh's amazing film version of Hamlet, the version that carries every line from Shakespeare's play, has an amazing cast, and has only been available on a double video until now, is going to be released on DVD in the UK on...

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Which is the best Bond car?

What is the best Bond car you've ever seen? I have to say that my particular favourite is the 1975 Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me, that fights for top place with the latest and greatest, Aston Martin DBS from Casino Royale (Filmstalker review), but what's yours? Over...

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Howard directs Messud's The Emperor's Children

Ron Howard is to direct a film called The Emperor's Children which is based on the highly acclaimed Claire Messud novel. The screenplay has been written by Noel Baumbach who also wrote the screenplay for The Squid and the Whale. The story is set in 2001, just before the World...

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Harry Potter in HD-DVD and Blu-ray

Unsurprisingly, the Harry Potter film franchise is coming to high definition DVD this year, in the US anyway. It's not headed for one format either, according to the report it will be released on both HD-DVD and Blu-ray in a rather impressive box set. The working title is currently Harry...

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September Dawn trailer online

The trailer for September Dawn has been released online in Quicktime. This is the film which retells the events of 1857 in Arkansas, when a wagon train of settlers was ambushed and murdered by a group of Mormons whose village they passed through and clashed with. I'm not going to...

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Leguizamo joins Shyamalan's The Happening

John Leguizamo has joined the cast of M. Night Shyamalan's promising horror, The Happening, joining Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel. Filming is going to be starting next month, a date which I can hardly believe since it just seemed like yesterday that the script was being passed around Studios. Variety...

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Stalked: 28 Months Later spoilers and Saw V, VI Director?

There are two little titbits this morning that may or may not come to fruition because they are mere conversation fillers and ideas at this stage and nothing more, however they are rather interesting. We have unconfirmed rumour of a Director being lined up for Saw V and VI, and...

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July 17, 2007

Trailer for Schrader's The Walker online

Paul Schrader's The Walker has a trailer and a website online. The film is about the society escort Carter Page, otherwise known as a Walker. He walks amongst Washington DC's political elite until a brutal murder occurs and he is implicated. He has to race against time to clear his...

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Church to use Harry Potter novels

The Church of England is leaping on the topic of Harry Potter and is publishing a booklet that advises its members how to use the novels to spread their Christian beliefs and words. Apparently certain religious groups were denouncing the novels for glamorising the idea of the occult, and now...

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Straightheads R2 DVD release

Verve Pictures have just announced the UK Region 2 release of Straightheads, the film written and directed by Dan Reed and starring Gillian Anderson and Danny Dyer in a very dark thriller. There are some nice additions and the specifications look good. 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen English DD2.0 English Audio Description...

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Fiennes and Pearce in Bigelow's Hurt Locker

Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty are set to appear in The Hurt Locker, the Kathryn Bigelow directed film about an elite bomb disposal group in Iraq. Ralph Fiennes and Guy Pearce also have cameo appearances in the film. The story comes from the journalist Mark Boal who spent...

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Leto is the last immortal

Jared Leto is joining a film called Mr Nobody which sees him as the last mortal man, aged a mere one hundred and twenty, on an Earth populated by Immortals, as he relives imaginary and real years of his marriage. Co-starring Sarah Polley, Mr Nobody is to be directed by...

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Goyer talks Dark City Director's Cut DVD

David Goyer has mentioned the Dark City upcoming DVD Director's Cut release and he reveals a little about what the new DVD will contain. For those of you who don't know, Dark City is kind of a film noir science fiction film that has a spectacular story to it. A...

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ending revealed in photographs?

So the inevitable has happened, allegedly, and the ending to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been revealed online. Not just that, but we're talking scans of the final pages, scans you can even read yourself. I have to say I did take a peek, and you have to...

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Lucasfilm says Indiana Jones IV sequels are rumours

So Lucasfilm are coming out and saying that the talk of multiple sequels after this Indiana Jones is merely a rumour. Now that's not a complete denial, but it is telling everyone to calm down a little. Still, as I said before, I think that it could well be in...

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Stalked: Other Side cast, Mad Ones, Mao's Last Dancer and Rachel Stevens

The comedy The Other Side has gained a big list of names for the cast, the Weinstein's are releasing the book and film The Mad Ones about New York organised crime in the sixties, Bruce Beresford is working on the film of the autobiography Mao's Last Dancer, and Rachel Stevens...

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July 16, 2007

Cloverfield new site, set photos, plot reveal and filming details

J.J. Abram's not so secret monster movie Cloverfield is continuing to prove to be a marketing mystery. We've had the great teaser appear and start to get us going, and then the teasing website, and then a slew of other sites appeared which seem to have been discredited. Now there's...

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Shatner says he's out Nimoy is in new Star Trek

William Shatner has confirmed on air that he's not going to be in the new Star Trek film while his old friend Leonard Nimoy will most definitely be. According to his appearance on Talk Radio, the video for which is over the page, he called Leonard Nimoy and talked about...

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Updated: Is Riddler in The Dark Knight?

I'm pulled in two directions about the new Batman film The Dark Knight, with the cast and creatives behind the first mightly impressive restart of the franchise back on board along with great new names I'm really excited, but to hear the rumour that there's another villain in the film...

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LaBeouf to take over Indiana Jones franchise?

So Shia LaBeouf has signed a three film deal for Indiana Jones, frankly that shouldn't be a surprise. Nowadays every film contract that is for a potential or existing franchise includes some form of one or two sequel tie in clause. Did anyone really think that there was going to...

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Blair Underwood writing film franchise

Blair Underwood is someone you might not remember from TV unless you're a big LA Law fan. Since then he's had a few film outings, but he's also written a novel, a novel which he is now hoping to turn into a film franchise. Casanegra: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel (Amazon.co.uk...

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Hathaway in Demme's dark addiction comedy

Anne Hathaway has revealed that she's leading the next Jonathon Demme film, and instead of opting for something light she's going to be starring in a much darker film about an ex-model struggling with drugs addiction. She will play an ex-model who has been in and out of rehab for...

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Sony want to develop your film

Sony Pictures have turned one of their smaller arms into a mini-studio that will look to turn content created by real people into films and television shows. The company is currently called Grouper, but is having its name changed to Crackle this week. The company will allow people to join...

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De Niro to film the rise of Mao

Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal are set to make a film about the rise of Mao Zedong and communism in China from the point of view of one of the only western journalists who was there at the time. The book from Roy Rowan called Chasing the Dragon: A...

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Boyle considers 28 Months Later

Danny Boyle has been considering directing a sequel to 28 Weeks Later, itself a sequel to 28 Days Later, despite the rumour that the film was dropped by Fox Atomic. Danny Boyle teased us before about how a sequel could start and what direction it might head off in, however...

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Jackson picks unknown for Lovely Bones

According to a rumour online an unknown has been cast in the lead role of Peter Jackson's latest film Lovely Bones. The film is the adaptation of the novel The Lovely Bones (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), and sees a young girl who was raped and murdered watching events after her death...

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Stalked: Megan Fox and The Living Corpse

Megan Fox is starring in a horrorfied Groundhog Day, and The Living Corpse zombie comic book looks set to make it to the big screen. Megan Fox is set to star in Half to Death, a film which follows a college girl who discovers that she is living the same...

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July 15, 2007

Duchovny reveals X-Files script out next week

So we've heard that X-Files is on from David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and the series producer, now Duchovny is saying that there's going to be a script with him to read next week, and this comes from Chris Carter himself. Back in April we heard that the series Producer, Frank...

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Two Face revealed in Dark Knight?

Aaron Eckhart has confirmed that Two Face will be in The Dark Knight film, something we aren't that surprised about since we heard before, and guessed. Yet there's something else given away that hints at how we're likely to find out about the character. Okay so I'm sure you all...

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July 14, 2007

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane dropped from release

When I saw the trailer for All the Boys Love Mandy Lane I thought we might be on for something special. The trailer had loads of style and looked like it could be mixing a few genres for something pretty strong and unique. However news has just come out that...

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Death at a Funeral trailer

The trailer for Death at a Funeral has arrived along with several clips, and it looks very funny. Much better than the standard comedy film fare that comes out using crass and crude jokes as a stab at humour. This seems to have the best of British comedy. The film...

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Watchmen casting call for Dr. Manhattan?

There's a casting call out for Watchmen that reveals that perhaps that rumour casting list is more made up and fantasised than some would hope. The casting call is looking for four characters from the story, and one of them might just be Doctor Manhattan. According to the Watchmen casting...

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Alone in the Dark gets Director's Cut

I have Alone in the Dark sitting waiting to be watched but perhaps I should send it back now that I hear that there's going to be a Director's Cut released by the legend that is Uwe Boll. Yes, Uwe Boll is returning to his classic Alone in the Dark...

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Sugarhouse trailer online

A new trailer has appeared for the British film Sugarhouse which stars Andy Serkis as a crazed maniac and Steven Mackintosh as the man pitted against him. Andy Serkis looks scary as anything in the trailer for Sugarhouse which looks to be slickly directed by first time director Gary Love....

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Appear in Rockstar's GTA IV!

I'm a big fan of the game series Grand Theft Auto, and I know a few people who have been lucky enough to get their voices in the game, usually just as passers by and simple shouts. Now though you can have your voice in the new GTA game coming...

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Robert Carlyle lookalike needed

Do you look like Robert Carlyle? Well if you do you might win yourself a place next to the actor in a film called Summer. The production company Sixteen Films are making a new film which requires someone who bears a striking resemblance to Robert Carlyle and is aged between...

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The Dark is Rising trailer online

There's a trailer online for The Dark is Rising, another children's fantasy series of novels that is making its way to the big screen. This one stars such names as Ian McShane and Christopher Eccleston. Susan Cooper's novel The Dark is Rising (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) tells the story of Will...

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The Bourne Ultimatum trailer in various formats

The latest Bourne Ultimatum trailer has been around for a little while, but while I was away I received some links for the trailer in various formats and sizes. It's strange because I saw this on my PC and thought it looked really good, but seeing it playing on the...

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Breach trailer in various formats

Again, while I was away, the trailer for the Breach was passed through to me in various formats. Breach is a film based on the true story of the FBI Agent Robert Hanssen who was responsible for handing secrets, and other agents, to the Russians. In the film a young...

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Hallam Foe screening Q&A

There was a blogger screening for Hallam Foe recently, which Filmstalker reader Ramchandra attended and kindly gave us his review of. Now the Q&A session from that screening is available online, and while it's rather lengthy, some of it is quite interesting. Listen to the first audience led question and...

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In the Shadow of the Moon trailer

The trailer for In the Shadow of the Moon is now online. The documentary focuses on the Apollo missions which landed on the moon. There are interviews with the surviving astronauts, and also original NASA footage of the missions. The footage has been re-mastered and looks amazing. I will definitely...

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July 13, 2007

Tartan Video backs Blu-Ray

Tartan Video who distributes a lot of the foreign film has taken a step into the 'High Definition' world and seems to have chose the Blu-Ray format. From DVD Times we have the following: Tartan Video will make the move into High Definition later this summer and have today...

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Watts goes "International"

Naomi Watts has joined the cast of The International. Clive Owen is already signed up to star in the film directed by Tom Tykwer. Owen will play an Interpol agent who is determined to bring down a large bank he suspects of shady dealings. Watts will play a District Attorney...

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Jim Carrey nods to "Yes Man"

Jim Carrey has accepted to go back to his roots in a comedy called "Yes Man" based on a book by Danny Wallace. We get a little insight from MTV Movies Blog as to what we can expect: "It's about a man who finds himself very depressed, and is always...

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Death Sentence trailer online

The trailer for Kevin Bacon's film Death Sentence is now online. The film seems Bacon play a man with a family, who are attacked by gang members. He then sets out to kill each member of the gang in revenge. I really like Kevin Bacon so I will be checking...

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Pictures from The Dark Knight set online

Photos have appeared showing filming underway on The Dark Knight. They show Gary Oldman in character and some of the vehicles on set. If you want to have a peek, they are on Superhero Hype....

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July 12, 2007

Sean Penn to voice animated film

Sean Penn will be voicing an animated character for Sony Pictures Classic's Persepolis and joining a cast comprised of Iggy Pop, Gena Rowlands, and Catherine Deneuve (She will reprise her French-language role). The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter through Cinema Blend who shed some light on the actual...

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Michael Moore next tackles Homophobia

Michael Moore known for handling films dipped heavily in controversy. It seems he has decided to next take on the issues around Homophobia. From /Film we hear that his next documentary may indeed be about the anti-gay Christian right movement. Written by Ramchandra, edited by Louise...

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The Burning Plain to star Theron

The film will be co-produced and star Charlize Theron. Interestingly, it also marks the man being behind scripts such as Babel and 21 Grams (Guillermo Arriaga) shift into the director's chair. From Variety we hear the man speak for himself: Arriaga told Daily Variety that after 11 years of...

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New Indy 4 video

There is another short video online, from the set of Indiana Jones 4. The videos so far haven't given much away, but at least Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg are in this one. Let's hope there are more on the way... You can check it out here on Indiana Jones.com...

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July 11, 2007

Halo 3 commercial online

So, a long time ago, the story of who would direct a possible Halo feature film was news. We heard about Peter Jackson jumping on board, then a director was picked that hardly anyone had heard of in Neill Blomkamp. Everyone waited for something to happen and then nothing did....

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10,000 BC trailer online

The trailer for Roland Emmerich's film10,000 B.C. is now online to view. Last we heard on Filmstalker filming had just began. 10,000 B.C. tells the story of a young man crossing the wilderness to help save his tribe. I have to say beforehand I wasn't holding out much hope, but...

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Steve Carell in and as Smart

Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) the bumbling Agent 86 for 'Control', Anne Hathaway as the more competent Agent 99 and The Rock (credited as Dwayne Johnson) as Agent 23, they'll be taking on the evil organisation of Kaos. Sounding at all familiar? Yes, Get Smart is indeed based on the popular...

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James Bond returns in Devil May Care

Not a film, but a novel, its fair to assume that it's only a matter of time before it gets there though, so I thought it's fair to do a post about it. From My Way through Superhero Hype we have the following: James Bond will soon be back, in...

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Spacey Returns in Man of Steel

From Variety we have confirmation that Kevin Spacey will be back as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Superman: Man of Steel, which should kill the rumour of his retirement from film. Spacey, who has eight years remaining on his 10-year contract as artistic director of London's Old Vic Theater, corrected...

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Proyas to direct Dracula Year Zero

Alex Proyas has agreed to direct the Dracula film, Dracula Year Zero. It seems the film will mix both the mythology surrounding Dracula, and also the history of the man who inspired him, Vlad the Impaler. Bloody Disgusting has the news that he will take the helm of the script...

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Cheadle and Pearce team up for Traitor

Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce have both signed on for the film Traitor. The film sees Don Cheadle as an undercover CIA agent who infiltrates a terrorist group. Pearce is an FBI agent who is investigating terrorist activities. Cheadle eventually finds himself under suspicion of being an actual terrorist. Hollywood...

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July 10, 2007

Sleuth trailer online...in the US

The trailer for the remake of Sleuth is online, however if you're not in the US, bad luck. The remake stars Michael Caine and Jude Law. Law taking on the role Caine played in the original beside Laurence Olivier, Kenneth Branagh directs. So for those lucky enough to be able...

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X-Men franchise dependant on Wolverine?

I think the X-Men franchise has far more potential than they seem to give it credit. So many characters, so many story arcs, so many potential ways that themes can be dealt with. Look at Unbreakable for example, a classic representation of the Xavier-Magneto relationship, even the more recent Heroes...

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Nicole Kidman to star in Monte Carlo

A romantic comedy to be directed and co-written by Tom Bezucha, but wait, this isn't the first we've heard about this, a couple of 'years' ago there was news with regards to Nicole Kidman having signed up to star in and produce a movie adaptation of Jules Bass' comic novel...

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Shatner not in new Star Trek

The rumour that William Shatner was not going to be appearing in the new, J.J. Abrams Star Trek film is not a new one. Filmstalker has already covered it here. However it seems there is some truth to it at least. Shatner has posted a video on his ShatnerVision website,...

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J.J. Abrams talks Cloverfield

Yet more news on Cloverfield this morning. J.J. Abrams has been speaking about the websites which have popped up recently. It would seem some are not related to the film, but there are more out there which have not been discovered yet. Abrams sent a note to AICN and here’s...

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July 9, 2007

Cloverfield trailer is online

The slow drip feed of information around J.J. Abrams Cloverfield continues. The trailer is now online to view. Links to the trailer so far, seem to have been taken down fairly quickly. So if you've missed it before now, here's your chance. You can also get access to the website...

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Lions For Lambs trailer

Lions For Lambs has a trailer that we can all watch now. Filmstalker brought you the first trailer which was not for the eyes of those outside the USA. But now we can all watch, lucky us. Lions For Lambs is the first picture out of United Artists studio, since...

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Warner Bros. picks up rights to Morrell's book

David Morrell who wrote the book that became First Blood back in 1982 has had his next novel, "The Brotherhood of the Rose", picked up by Warner Bros. The story centers on two orphans raised by a CIA operative to be assassins, only to become targets themselves. We hear it...

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Dark Knight gains Edward Nygma

The Dark Knight is without a doubt the most anticipated Hollywood film for me next year. After Batman Begins, the big hype and anticipation around it was who would now play The Joker? Then came the news that Heath Ledger was selected. I began having small doubts, until we started...

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Hopper joins Swing Vote

Kevin Costner's latest project has added another great name to its cast. Dennis Hopper has joined the already impressive cast for Swing Vote. In the film Kevin Costner plays a man who's vote in the Presidential Election will decide the winner. Needless to say mass media attention ensues. Costner is...

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Esposito joins Conspiracy

Conspiracy starring Val Kilmer has a new cast member in Jennifer Esposito. Conspiracy stars Val Kilmer as a war veteran returing from Iraq. The problem being, when he gets home his best friend has disappeared without a trace, and no one is admitting to knowing anything. Hollywood Reporter says that...

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Dustin Hoffman too turns Director

So my second post about an actor turned director of today is Dustin Hoffman. He's made a name for himself as a well-seasoned, adaptable and established actor, for going on 40 years now, before which he also done a bit of television. Hoffman has decided to take the step though...

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July 8, 2007

Alvin and the Chipmunks publicity begins

So a new poster for Alvin and the Chipmunks. Hitting the cinemas here at the end of the year, it's certainly worth looking forward to, or is it? The '80s was a long time ago and we were a whole lot younger then, so our memory could be hazy, but...

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Jon Favreau speaks on Iron Man publicity

Marvel comic adaptation to films continue with Iron Man which is scheduled for release in May next year. The films stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, forced to create a life support suit to keep him alive after an accident he decides to use the technology in his suit...

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Helen Hunt turns Director

Helen Hunt turns director with Then She Found Me, based on a novel by Elinor Lipman, which will be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. We get this from Yahoo News: The movie stars Hunt as a New York City schoolteacher whose commonplace life suddenly grows...

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Will Smith on the set of John Hancock

Filmstalker recently brought you the news that superhero film Tonight, He Comes had changed names to John Hancock. The latest news from this film, sees the first pictures of Will Smith in character on the set. The film is directed by Peter Berg, and stars Will Smith, Charlize Theron and...

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July 7, 2007

Cover for Richard's holiday

Well I'm heading off now for a week of rest and relaxation, but rather than leave you guys with no place to come to read and discuss the latest in films, the site will be run by Louise and Ramchandra, so treat them well and believe me, you're in good...

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Cloverfield sites, puzzles and teasers online

The Cloverfield film is building up hype already, and J.J. Abrams and the Bad Robot team are staying silent, for the most part. Now though there are two new websites to get your heads around, there's a strange blog and a site with some puzzles to solve to get a...

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Cloverfield casting and new title

Okay, it's Cloverfield day today as news comes through on the casting for J.J. Abrams monster film that we've already seen the bootlegged teaser for. Word is that there are a bunch of relative unknowns being cast for the film, and the process of casting has been as unusual as...

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Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone trailer online

The Ben Affleck I knew has Gone Baby Gone. I never really thought much of him until Hollywoodland, but after watching the trailer for his directorial debut Gone, Baby, Gone I've just seen something new and something very exciting about him, it looks like he can direct really well. The...

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Dirty Dozen script (re)write by Zak Penn

Back in March of last year we heard that The Dirty Dozen was being remade and back then Scott Rosenberg, Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum were writing the script. Now it has been announced that Zak Penn has been signed to write the script. As yet we're not sure if...

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Hopper signs for Speed 3

Speed was a great fun film, and yet the sequel, Speed 2: Cruise Control, was pretty damn awful, not least because the whole idea of speed was lost on a slow moving cruise ship. Now though word is that there might be a Speed 3, and that Dennis Hopper is...

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Meg killer shark film fails

Meg, the story about the giant prehistoric killer shark looks like it has been passed over at New Line and that means the current incarnation is dead. However, the author of Meg seems to be quite happy about this and means that the rights return to him in October. He...

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July 5, 2007

Good Luck Chuck red band trailer

There's a red band trailer out there for Jessica Alba's Good Luck Chuck, and that means Jessica Alba in penguin pants! Actually it seems quite similar to teasers and trailers we've seen already, but supposedly naughtier. I think the only differences I saw were the melon scene and the moment...

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Carrey and Hoskins in CGI Christmas Carol

Jim Carrey is joining Bob Hoskins to appear in Robert Zemeckis' version of A Christmas Carol, and the word is that it'll be filmed in Zemeckis' motion capture style. Robert Zemeckis is currently using that motion capture style in his huge starrer Beowulf, and in the film Polar Express. Creepy...

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Die Hard 4.0 (Live Free or Die Hard)

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You know to this day I don't understand the name change. Granted, when the Die Hard 4.0 first came along I did think it was a bad name, but then as time progressed and I saw more clips, I actually started to like it, and compared to the non-UK title...

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Pitt replaces McQueen in Bullitt?

Place your sceptic hats on as I reveal that the Steve McQueen classic Bullitt may well be up for a remake and that Brad Pitt is set to take the leading role. For those of you who haven't seen the film, Bullitt contains the legendary chase sequence with Steve McQueen...

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Cloverfield site and live teaser

So the teaser for Cloverfield, that now totally out of the bag secret monster movie from J.J. Abrams that I posted about before everyone else piled on board, has disappeared from all the previous sites. Well I spent some time this morning searching about, and I've found another copy for...

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Sex and the City confirmed with cast

Sex and the City looks like it will be making it to a film version after all as it is announced that New Line is close to signing a deal to finance and distribute the movie. That means that all the stars are onboard, and it also looks like there's...

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Flemyng and Outhwaite in Backwaters trailer

Backwaters is a film starring Tamzin Outhwaite, Jason Flemyng, Nicholas Irons as well as Indian stars Gulshan Grover and Sandra Teles. It's a strange mix, but at the same time marks a growing trend of Indian stars working with, or in, western cinema. There are two trailers online for the...

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July 4, 2007

Blu-ray deals and Europe release schedule in iCal

Two Blu-ray stories for you, first is for getting your hands on cheap Blu-ray DVD's and the second is about getting notification of when they are being released, automatically. Here's a great little tip I've been sent and it's a stroke of genius from Sony. They have made the Blu-ray...

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Warners hold onto DVD format war killer

You know this format war between HD-DVD and Blu-ray for control of the next generation of High Definition in the home cinema market? Well Warner Brothers has a way to end it for everyone, and in a way that wouldn't mean anyone having wasted money. Yet they've decided not to...

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Another hi-res Blood Brothers (Tian tang kou) trailer

Recently we saw the trailer for Alexi Tan's Blood Brothers (Tian tang kou), a film set in 1930's Shanghai about three Brothers who enter into the underworld of gangs and chose different paths. Now there's a second trailer online, in high resolution, and looking even better. The film is directed...

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Stalked: Botswana helps Ladies Detective Agency and EU release sex scene video

There's a little controversy over a European Union promotional video that's gone online to promote European cinema, but hey, sex sells. Plus the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency has found a star, and has received a cash injection from Botswana. The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency is being directed by Anthony Minghella...

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Ghost Rider on Blu-ray DVD

Ghost Rider is out now on Blu-ray and standard DVD, and I have some clips and information on the film right here for you. In the coming weeks I may also be able to offer a copy of Ghost Rider on Blu-ray in a competition, fingers crossed on that one....

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Abrams Cloverfield teaser online

J.J. Abrams not so secret monster film Cloverfield has been outed, and now the teaser trailer is out there too. In a major scoop someone has seen the teaser and recorded it in the cinema, and now it's available to see online and right here. The film has come out...

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Germany finally refuses Valkyrie

After hearing that the Bryan Singer film Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise was going to be banned from filming in Germany because of Cruise's beliefs, we quickly found out that the real reason was they wanted to film in areas of historic sensitivity, i.e. the exact place where the German soldier...

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Seraphim Falls trailer in multiple formats

Although I featured the Seraphim Falls trailer online before along with some star interviews, that's the film with Liam Neeson hunting down Pierce Brosnan after he is responsible for a terrible massacre during the American Civil War. Now I have the trailer in various formats and sizes for you. Quicktime:...

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Stalked: Pan's Labyrinth download, Simpsons competitions and Ratatouille footage

Download Pan's Labyrinth online, and legally, enter the Simpsons Movie competitions, and see some test footage from Pixar's Ratatouille. In an article the other day about new clips for Pan's Labyrinth (Filmstalker review) I missed that the eight new clips were being released because the film was now available for...

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July 3, 2007

Watchmen casting rumours discussed

The rumoured cast list for Watchmen has been leaping around the Interflab for some time in various guises, and I guess it's time for us to look at it. The cast list has been pulled together from various sources to present what the Interflab thinks are the best and strongest...

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Escape From New York remake script reviewed

There's a script review online for the Escape From New York remake starring Gerard Butler as Snake Plissken, and it is surprisingly good. I had immediately thought negatively of this film as the original is a classic, very dark, very eighties, and very cheesy - don't get me wrong though,...

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Oliver Stone denied Iranian President documentary

Oliver Stone won't be making a film about the Iranian President as he had hoped because he is viewed as "part of the Great Satan" according to some of the Iranian press. A few weeks ago Oliver Stone apparently requested permission to make a film about Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,...

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Sam Raimi's two alien films

I missed the story that Sam Raimi has two potential science fiction films up on his slate, one being a Whitley Streiber novel and the other being an epic sounding movie. I'm guessing he's going for the epic though, here's the run down. A film of Whitley Streiber's The Grays...

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Saw IV plot and cast revealed

The official synopsis for Saw IV is out, and it reveals where the film is starting from as well as the main characters involved. Far from clearing up any confusion it really is just adding to it. The Saw IV plot announcement goes like this: Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda...

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Stalked: Liam Neeson's Taken featurette and Golden Compass in HD

The first look at the Liam Neeson film Taken is online in the form of a small featurette, and the Golden Compass trailer is in HD over at Apple, and it looks glorious. There's a short featurette for Taken online, that's the Liam Neeson starrer directed by Pierre Morel. You...

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Abrams picks director for Cloverfield?

The J.J. Abrams monster film called Cloverfield or Parasite may just have a Director. I wrote about the project when the news broke, and now the latest rumour is that Matt Reeves is set to direct the film. The rumour comes from AICN through SciFi Wire. Matt Reeves is a...

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July 2, 2007

Win Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl on Blu-ray

You Filmstalkers are lucky today, here's a second competition, one I've been meaning to run for some time. This one is only for UK residents and it is your chance to win Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl on Blu-ray DVD. This is part of a...

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New Pan's Labyrinth clips online

I have eight clips of Pan's Labyrinth for you to watch that have just been released. Pan's Labyrinth or El Laberinto del Fauno (Filmstalker review) is the film from Guillermo del Toro that tells the tale of Ofelia and a strange and magical world. Here's a rundown from my review:...

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Boyle reveals Slum Dog Millionaire plot

Danny Boyle has been talking about his next film, Slum Dog Millionaire, which has a very strange plot line indeed. The story will be based on a true story of a boy who goes onto the Hindi version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and wins it. However things...

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New Blu-ray trailer debuts

I just received a clip today of the new Sony Blu-ray advert, and it's looking pretty cool, even though it is in such a small format you can see that it is going to look and sound superb. The trailer takes a little while to load, but when it does...

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License to Wed competition - T-Shirt and posters

Competition time on Filmstalker again, and this one is for the Robin Williams comedy License to Wed. Unfortunately only for US and Canadian residents, this one is to win a T-Shirt or two posters for the comedy License to Wed that sees Robin Williams playing a priest who has a...

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Ang Lee's Lust Caution trailer online

There's a trailer online for Ang Lee's Lust, Caution, and while it is filled with sumptuous images, it gives little away for the actual story. However, it does look wonderful and it stars Tony Leung. The story is adapted from Eileen Chang's short story and is adapted by Hui-Ling Wang....

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Holmes and Moore trying for Nine roles?

Demi Moore and Katie Holmes are rumoured to be up for the same roles in Rob Marhsall's new musical film Nine. They supposedly both auditioned for roles last week, and with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger already said to be taken, it looks like there won't be many roles left!...

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King's Insomnia gains Schmidt and Winston

Stephen King's Insomnia has been given a Director and a special effects lead already, and I didn't even know the project was underway. Rob Schmidt and Stan Winston are on board the project. According to Rob Schmidt himself, he is doing the film because Stephen King liked Wrong Turn so...

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The Losers script review online

I've just bought edition one of The Losers comic series to find out what the excitement is for this film treatment, and although I've yet to read it I've just found a script review online for the Peter Berg adaptation of the Andy Diggle comic. Of course now Peter Berg...

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Zombie's Halloween gets big reshoot?

Pinch of salt and all that stuff, but there's another story out about changes on the Halloween film. This one says there's been a number of reshoots and an addition to the amount of gore and killings in the film. We've heard before about the script rewrite and the poor...

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Russian stylish Apocalypse Code trailer

Apocalypse Code looks set to be another big budget Russian film, something that film industry is really starting to pick up on, and while I can't understand a word there are a few things I recognise in the two trailers online. Style, editing, beautiful ladies, and the actor from the...

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Stalked: Foxx's civil rights, Year of the Fog, From Within, Shaft on Speed Racer

George C. Wolfe is directing Jamie Foxx in a tale of racism and murder during the Civil Rights movement, Semi Chellas is adapting a tough novel called The Year of the Fog, Phedon Papamichael is directing From Within with Adam Goldberg and Jake Weber and Richard Roundtree of Shaft fame...

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July 1, 2007

Filmstalker reader reviews Transformers

I haven't had a chance to see Transformers as yet, and it's not due here for some time. However one of the Filmstalker regulars has seen it, and he's been good enough to write up his thoughts and send them in. He's got some good, well written words to say...

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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead trailer is gorgeous!

I just got a surprise from the first trailer for the film Before the Devil Knows You're Dead starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke and the gorgeous Marisa Tomei. The shock? Well I've always had a crush on Tomei and she's appears topless in the trailer. I nearly fainted! That...

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Transformers Megatron speaks and Captivity dentistry

Two clips for you from different ends of the spectrum. One horror and rather disturbing clip from Captivity, and the other is from Transformers and our first listen at Megatron talking. Two clips, the first is for Captivity, the film from Roland Joffé and starring Elisha Cuthbert that's been causing...

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The best Biographical films

Not only is the excellent The Flying Scotsman (Filmstalker review) out this week in the UK but there are a few different Sammy Davis Jr. biographical films in development, the Edith Piaf film on release, Che Guevara biographical films in production, and there are many more on the way. That...

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